Across the centuries, the Château de l'Epinay has seen many illustrious families. Each of them had the opportunity to bring their own touch and to contribute to the character that defines the place today.
Some great Angevin families have been the owners of the fiefdom of l’Epinay. Aux Gastinel, who founded the fiefdom in the 12th Century were succeeded by the Montalais de Vern in the 15th and 16th centuries, the La Jaille in 1451, the Brie-Serrants, the d’Andignés. At the end of the 16th Century the lands passed to the d’Andigné family by marriage, and they held onto the fiefdom until 1730, the date when the de Cumont family became its owners. Arthur de Cumont who inherited the property in1874 was one of the descendants of this family, and he was a minister of public education. Nowadays, the property has long been the fiefdom of Mr Gasiorowski the mayor of Saint-Georges. The château was purchased in 1988 after suffering long years of neglect, and has largely been carefully restored.
The fiefdom also brings to mind one of the greatest names of French Jean Racine, whose memory is strangely linked to the history of l’Epinay and particularly to the priory by the trial where he opposed Le Ferron to gain this position in 1666 following the resignation of his uncle Antoine Sconin, the Canon of Uzès and the Prior of l’Epinay.
After 3 years of legal proceedings, Racine abandonned the title of the Prior de l’Epinay but retained a trace of the squabbles in his only comedy ‘Les Plaideurs’, writing: “Squabbling is a language more foreign to me than anyone, and I have only used several barbarous words that I may have learned in a trial court that neither myself nor my judges heard correctly”. The Countess of Pimbèche in this famous comedy owes her existence to the contested title of the Prior of l’Epinay which however Racine declared in the title of ‘Andromaque’ in 1667.